British F3 Season Kicks Off

The 2005 British Formula Three series opens this weekend at Donington, with the first two of 22 rounds to be held over the season

British F3 Season Kicks Off

The series has expanded this year to incorporate ten circuits in five countries, including the famous Grand Prix circuits at Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, the Nurburgring and Silverstone.

As usual, there are two classes running consecutively: the Championship Class, which is for cars run to FIA specifications; and the National Class (formerly Scholarship Class), run for cars up to three years old and with a control Mugen Honda engine. Both classes use control tyres, provided by Avon.

The series is remarkably open this year, with no one stamping their authority to date.

The leading returnees to the series are Marko Asmer and Danilo Dirani, who carries the hopes of chassis constructor Lola on his shoulders, while Formula Renault UK Champion Mike Conway, Formula BMW Champion Tim Bridgman and last year's National Class Champion Ryan Lewis will all be hoping to impress.

Arriving from Formula Ford are Dan Clarke, who won the festival and was placed second overall. He leads the new Kimi Raikkonen co-owned team. Also arriving from FFord is Charlie Kimball, who has looked fast and smooth so far in testing and will be hoping to prove an American can succeed in racing without Red Bull backing.

There will be two women competing in the series for the first time ever - two time McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist Susie Stoddart coming in from Formula Renault, and Formula Dream graduate (and ex-model) Keiko Ihara, who has struggled to date with the speed of the car.

2005 British Formula Three International Series Entry List

Championship Class No. Driver (Nationality) Team Chassis/Engine 1. Danilo Dirani (BRA) P1 Motorsport Lola B05/30 Mugen-Honda 2. James Walker (GBR) Fortec Racing Dallara F305 Opel Spiess 3. Ronayne O'Mahony(IRE) Fortec Racing Dallara F305 Opel Spiess 4. Christian Bakkerud (DAN) Carlin Motorsport Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 5. Keiko Ihara (JAP) Carlin Motorsport Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 6. Charlie Kimball (USA) Carlin Motorsport Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 7. Susie Stoddart (GBR) Alan Docking Racing Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 8. Steven Kane (GBR) Promatecme F3 Lola B05/30 Mugen-Honda 9. Stephen Jelley (GBR) Menu F3 Motorsport Dallara F305 Opel Spiess 11. Tim Bridgman (GBR) Hitech Racing Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 12. Marko Asmer (EST) Hitech Racing Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 26. Mike Conway (GBR) Fortec Racing Dallara F305 Opel Spiess 27. Dan Clarke (GBR) Double R Racing Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 28. Bruno Senna (BRA) Double R Racing Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 69. Ryan Lewis (GBR) T-Sport Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda National Class No. Driver (Nationality) Team Chassis/Engine 31N Barton Mawer (AUS) T-Sport Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 32N Suk Sandher (SWE) Performance Racing Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 33N Charlie Hollings (GBR) Promatecme F3 Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen-Honda 34N Ricardo Teixeira (ANG) Carlin Motorsport Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 35N Juho Annala (FIN) Alan Docking Racing Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 36N Jonathan Kennard (GBR) Alan Docking Racing Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 38N Cheong Lou Meng (CHI) Edenbridge Racing Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 39N TBA Edenbridge Racing Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 42N Salvador Duran (MEX) P1 Motorsport Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 2005 British Formula Three International Series Calendar Round Date Circuit Country 1, 2 03/04/2005 Donington Park Great Britain 3, 4 17/04/2005 Spa-Francorchamps Belgium 5, 6 08/05/2005 Croft Great Britain 7, 8 22/05/2005 Knockhill Great Britain 9,10 29/05/2005 Thruxton Great Britain 11,12 26/06/2005 Castle Combe Great Britain 13,14 10/07/2005 Monza Italy 15,16 14/08/2005 Silverstone (GP) Great Britain 17,18 04/09/2005 Nurburgring Germany 19,20 18/09/2005 Mondello Park Ireland 21,22 09/10/2005 Silverstone (Int) Great Britain 
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